New York Personal Injury Lawyer
Did you suffer a serious personal injury in a motor vehicle accident, a workplace accident, or any other type of preventable event? You could be entitled to compensation, and one of our New York personal injury lawyers can help you fight for it.
Recovering damages from the liable party would help you pay for medical treatment and to support your family while you are unable to work. For more information on what a New York personal injury lawyer from Shulman & Hill can do for you, call 212.221.1000 today.
Personal Injury Cases Can Be Complex
Nobody expects to get injured. They do expect, though, that when an injury is the fault of someone else, there will be a clear path to accountability.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many factors can complicate the personal injury claims process, including:
- Questions about fault
- Uncooperative insurance companies
- Uncertainty about your case’s true value
- Multiple avenues through which you may pursue compensation
Even when the facts are on the victim’s side, personal injury cases are rarely “open and shut.” Often, the injured party must fight for their rights.
When an injury happens, you can expect the personal injury law firm of Shulman & Hill to provide the care and powerful representation you deserve. We have built one of the top personal injury law firms in New York based on unwavering client service and uncompromising advocacy. To us, every client is important, and every case matters.
Shulman & Hill offers free consultations and we handle all cases on a contingency-fee-basis, so you don’t pay hourly fees and no fees at all unless you win.
We Handle Personal Injury Cases of All Types
Instead of trying to navigate a difficult legal process on your own, you can put your case in the hands of Shulman & Hill. Our team can carefully assess your case to determine what tasks must be done to fight for your compensation. This includes:
Investigating Your Injuries
To get the amount of compensation you deserve, we must have a very clear idea of:
- What types of injuries you’ve sustained
- What treatments you require or will require in the future
- How your injuries have affected you and will affect going forward
We can turn to various sources for evidence regarding these questions. Medical records, photos, videos, bills and receipts, and statements from you and your loved ones can all help us paint a detailed picture of your accident-related losses.
Investigating the Accident
While gathering evidence on your injuries can tell us how much money to ask for, gathering evidence on the accident itself can tell us who should pay you that money. We might:
- Go to the accident scene to see it for ourselves
- Determine whether prior complaints have been made against the liable party
- Review the video or photos of the accident and/or the location
- Speak with witnesses or anyone else with relevant knowledge
- Request a copy of the police report, if applicable
Speaking to Other Parties
In many cases, we turn to the liable party’s insurance company for compensation. The insurer will likely launch its own investigation into the accident and its consequences. Their goal, however, is to reduce the amount they have to pay you. We can protect your rights by:
- Responding on your behalf to any communications or settlement offers the insurer might make
- Accompanying you to meetings with the insurance adjuster or other parties
- Helping you provide the insurer with any documentary information they request
- Preventing them from manipulating you into saying something that could potentially harm your case
Do not sign or agree to anything with the insurance company until we’ve had a chance to evaluate both your case and their offer. Otherwise, they might get away with paying you far less than you deserve.
If the defendant was not insured but has a lawyer, we cannot speak with the defendant directly. It may be more difficult to secure a fair amount of compensation from an uninsured party, but we are not afraid of tough cases and can work hard to help you.
Assessing Your Options and Fighting for You
Depending on how and where your accident happened, you could have several options for pursuing damages. A personal injury lawyer from our New York office could:
- Explain your options, including the risks and benefits of each
- Pursue whichever option(s) you and your lawyer agree is the best for you
- Present evidence and arguments to the liable party’s insurer and/or to a judge and jury in court if your case goes to trial
- Go over any proposed settlement agreements before you sign anything
With our guidance, you could be confident you’re seeking the right amount of compensation from the right liable party through the most appropriate channel, making for an overall smoother legal experience.
Meeting All Deadlines
There could be several deadlines you have to meet to keep your case on track. One of the most important is the statute of limitations found at CPLR § 214. This law states that, in most cases, you have three years to file a lawsuit after sustaining a personal injury.
There are circumstances where the deadlines are more stringent. For example, if you intend to file a lawsuit against the City of New York and many other municipalities, a Notice of Claim must be filed within 90 days of the accident. The statute of limitations to commence this lawsuit would be 1 year and 90 days from the date of the accident.
Shulman & Hill understands how important your case is. We can work quickly and efficiently to avoid missing deadlines and creating unnecessary delays in your case.
Compensation for a Personal Injury
What kinds of compensation are available to personal injury victims? There are two broad categories you could ask for: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include reimbursement for the money you lost due to the accident. This could include:
- Medical bills: The cost of medical procedures (e.g., surgery), assistance (e.g., a home nurse), and equipment (e.g., a wheelchair).
- Property damage: If something valuable (particularly a motor vehicle) was damaged or destroyed by the same accident you were injured in, this would apply to you.
- Loss of income: This would include any pay or other benefits you lost when you took time off to recuperate or undergo medical procedures.
- Loss of future income or job opportunities: This would apply if your injuries will affect your ability to hold a job over the long term.
Non-economic damages refer to your physical and emotional suffering. They can be harder to quantify—unlike going to the doctor, you do not get a receipt for:
- Pain and suffering for both your physical and psychological injuries
- Loss of consortium if your relationship with a spouse has changed because of the injury
A personal injury attorney from our firm can pursue everything you deserve.
Personal Injury Compensation Versus Workers’ Compensation
A personal injury lawsuit may be a good way for you to recover damages no matter what type of accident you were involved in. However, in addition to filing a lawsuit, if you were injured on the job, you could also file for workers’ compensation benefits.
Per the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), workers’ comp is available to those workers who:
- Were injured or sickened while fulfilling their work responsibilities
- Notify their employer of the injury promptly
- Notify the WCB of the injury promptly
Our team handles both personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of hiring two separate attorneys if you decide to file both kinds of cases.
There Are Many Different Personal Injury Causes
In our line of work, we’ve seen many different types of injuries and accidents. The personal injury lawyers from our New York office have helped those who survived the following types of accidents:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Many people rely on cars to get around. When drivers behave irresponsibly—by drinking and driving, texting and driving, or speeding—they could cause catastrophic accidents.
If you were not in a car at the time of the accident—for example, if you were walking a dog or riding a bike—you could still be eligible for compensation. Also, roadway users without a motor vehicle are entitled to the same care and respect as those driving one.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Property owners should take reasonably good care of their property to avoid accidents. This could include mowing the lawn regularly, shoveling after a snowstorm, and removing slip or trip hazards in a timely fashion. Failure to do so could make them liable if someone gets hurt.
Other Premises Liability Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are just one type of accident that falls under premises liability. Other accidents in this category include swimming pool accidents and dog bites.
While this can certainly apply to those with inherently dangerous jobs, such as construction workers or electrical workers, anyone who gets hurt on the job could be entitled to sue and/or seek workers’ compensation benefits.
Workplace accidents can take many forms, including:
- Falls from ladders, scaffolding, or other heights
- Injuries related to lifting heavy objects
- Slipping on a slick spot that someone should have cleaned up
- Being hit by falling objects or debris
- Suffering burns, frostbite, or other injuries related to extreme temperatures
- Getting caught behind, beneath, or in between heavy equipment
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Injuries resulting from faulty or poorly maintained equipment
You can also seek compensation based on a workplace illness. In this case, we can help you prove that your cancer, COVID-19, asbestosis, or other illness is directly connected to the hazards or toxins you were exposed to at work.
What Personal Injuries Are Worth
The amount of compensation we have recovered via verdicts and settlements also varies greatly from case to case. In the past, our team has won:
- A $1.5 million settlement for a driver who sustained back, neck, and shoulder injuries in a rear-end car accident
- A $750,000 settlement for a union bus driver who injured her knee in a slip-and-fall accident while on the job
- A $400,000 settlement for a construction worker injured by a falling cinderblock
As we’ve mentioned, an important part of our job is to assess each client’s case and determine how much they deserve for their physical, mental, and financial suffering.
When Personal Injuries Turn Fatal
Unfortunately, some injuries are so severe that the victim passes away, either immediately or after time passes. If this is the case for your loved one, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
After losing a loved one, you have enough to deal with. Shulman & Hill can make it much easier for you to pursue just compensation by managing your entire case from start to finish, leaving you more time to:
- Process your loved one’s death
- Grieve and spend time with family
- Make plans for your future
Our Personal Injury Clients Matter to Us
At Shulman & Hill, we value every client. If you choose to retain our services, you can work with a lawyer who:
- Wants to see you recover appropriate compensation
- Can keep you updated throughout your entire case
- Offers advice and answers whenever you need them
- Will collect no attorney’s fees until you are justly compensated
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Now
To find out what Shulman & Hill can do for you, call 212.221.1000 for a free, confidential case review. Our team of New York legal professionals would be more than happy to manage your personal injury case while you focus on your health and your family. Call today.
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